Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March 24th, 2013

In preparation for the Passion of our Lord, please note that there are no meetings during Holy Week. This will allow us all to enter the Triduum with time to pray and prepare for this Sacred Holiday!

Infant Baptism - Next Classes: March 19th (from 6-8pm) Please contact the Faith Formation Office to sign up. PRIMARY Godparents must also attend. You should bring with you the child’s birth certificate and proof of the Sacrament of Confirmation for one of the Primary Godparents. Baptisms are held on weekends pre-determined by Fr. Ed and the Pastoral Staff. Due to the volume of Baptisms at St. Stephen's, families are not permitted to select their own dates.

You Can Help Your Marriage - Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue ... or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. This program has helped 10's of 1000's of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about or to register for the September program beginning with a weekend on Sept 10-12 call 831-384-5001 or email: or visit the web site at

Job Assistance Ministry! We continue to meet each Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 8:30pm in the Outreach Building. Everyone is welcome to attend and provide support or share the challenges of the job hunt. Currently we are putting plans together for the  South King County Job Fair here at St Stephens on May 15th from 10 to 2pm.  We are asking for your help to provide names of employers to invite to the job fair as well as places to advertise this event.  Different from most job fairs, we will be having mini seminars for job seekers to attend during the job fair.  More information will be coming so keep watching.  Thanks for your support.

SSHA needs some household items for families:  beds (no king size), indoor paint (off-white color), dressers, hangers, and small microwaves.  Please contact SSHA at 253.638.9798 or e-mail for donations.  Thank you.

Youth Choir News The St. Stephen's Youth Choir is preparing to sing at the 8:30AM First Eucharist mass on April 28th. Rehearsals are on Sundays, from 10:00-10:45AM in the chapel between morning masses. New singers are welcome. Upcoming rehearsal dates are: March 17th, April 14th and April 21st. For more information, call choir director Laurie Samora at 253-631-3473 or email at

Calling Active Seniors! Including 50+ and Widow & Widowers:  With Fr. Ed's encouragement, a new ministry for active Senior Citizens and their guests begins this spring at St. Stephen the Martyr.  Short trips will be offered through, Travel Center. Priceless Senior Jaunts are market priced to include deluxe motor coach transportation, a  snacks, admission, taxes, on-board guide and sometimes lunch. They will be offered on the fourth or last Thursday of alternate months.  Excursion will include prayer, snacks, and jovial fun. Attendance at the Thursday morning Mass is encouraged with a light breakfast provided. The First Bus Trip departs at 9:30am on May 23, to the Shrine at Mossyrock and Veteran's Museum in Chehalis.  Sign-up is $70 which includes lunch and admission. Fliers available in reception. Write your check to Travel Center and hand deliver to Kathleen Tansey (253-630-7755) or Mail to: 20825- 142nd Ave. S.E. Kent, WA 98042.
Devotion to the Most Precious Blood  We meet every Thursday (except First and Second Thursdays) for prayers and devotions to the Most Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. Prayers start at 7:50pm in the chapel. You are welcome to join us for these powerful prayers.

The All Saints Adoration Ministry continues to expand the daily schedule of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Chapel. Father Ed would like to increase all current hour to at least two adorers. Please see the green sign-up forms by the chapel doors and consider being a member of this important ministry. Questions? contact Bernie Wittgens (253-631-5560)

Theology of the Body for Teens will be presented April 14 during Life Night  following the Life Teen Mass. All in grades 9-12 are welcome!

Liturgy Environment Helpers Needed
Holy Week is coming and we need help to decorate the church for these unique liturgies. Many hands are necessary to make each celebration sacred and special.  The times and dates are:
Friday, March 22nd at 9:30 AM – Preparing palms and church for Palm Sunday
Thursday, March 28th at 9:00 AM – Preparing for Holy Thursday
Friday, March 29th at 9:00 AM – Preparing for Good Friday and removal of Holy Thursday pieces.
       Holy Saturday, March 30th at 9:00 AM – Decorate the church, chapel, narthex & social hall for Easter.

Filipino American Spring Festival We would like to invite new members to join and help us with the planning for the 19th Spring Festival Fundraising to be held on Saturday, May 11. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Dori Fajardo at 206-229-6350 or if interested.

The 4th Annual Breath of Aire performance will take place here at St. Stephens on Friday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m., the Friday after Easter Sunday.  This Pacific Northwest choir presents an evening of music that will encourage and uplift everyone who hears them.  There is no charge for admission, and there will be a free-will offering to benefit Terrific Tuesdays Meals.  This is the only fund-raising event for Terrific Tuesday Meals this year.  Please make plans to come out on Friday evening and enjoy a great performance and help support this outreach ministry.  For more information about Breath of Aire, you may visit their website at, and for more information about Terrific Tuesdays Meals, please contact Darlene Simpson in the Outreach office.

We invite St. Anthony School Alumni and friends to join us at a reception to honor our 2013 Distinguished Graduate, Melissa Chin ’98, and to celebrate the 85th Anniversary of St. Anthony School! The celebration will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 1-3 p.m. in the St. Anthony Parish Hall.   Please RSVP to 425-277-6168, or email your RSVP to Christopher McCoy at   Please include the number of people attending.   If you have any questions, please contact the school at 425-255-0059. There will be an opportunity to make a donation to the Fr. Lane Endowment Fund, which helps provide tuition assistance to families in need.

Masaka Orphanage” Dinner  The Knights of Columbus are proud to announce the Masaka Orphanage Dinner event to be held the evening of April 13, 2013 at 6pm, in the social hall.  There will be live entertainment, door prizes, and a dessert auction.  The menu will include Salmon, Chicken and Bbq. Rib’s.  All proceeds benefit the Masaka Children’s Orphanage in Uganda. Tickets are now on sale at $12.50 per person.  Any questions, contact your favorite Knight or Bob Lowenstein at 206-890-5251.

Divine Mercy Novena and Celebration.

March 29th (Good Friday)- 1:30 pm
March 30th (Holy Saturday)- 3:00 pm
March 31st (Easter)- 1:20 pm
April 1st- 7:00-7:15 pm (after Mass)
April 2nd-7:00-7:15 pm (after Mass)
April 3rd- 7:00-7:15 pm (after Mass)
April 4th- 6:30 pm
April 5th- 3:00pm
April 6th- 6:30pm
Divine Mercy Sunday April 7th
Celebration (NOT a Mass) - 2:30-3:30
All days except the Celebration on Mercy Sunday to   be in Chapel, --the Celebration will be in the church.

March 25    Monday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
noon –  6:00p    Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 6:00p        Evening Prayer
6:30p – 7:00p        MASS
7:00p – 8:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
7:00p – 8:30p        Boy Scout Troop 714

March 26    Tuesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
9:20a–11:45a        Scripture Study
12:00 –12:45p    Stations of the Cross
6:30p – 7:00p        MASS
6:30p – 8:00p        Cub Scouts
6:30p – 8:30p        Fil-Am Choir
6:30p – 8:45p        Scripture Study

March 27    Wednesday
8:30a – 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a – 4:00p        Eucharistic Adoration
5:30p – 6:00p        Evening Prayer
6:00p – 9:00p    Church decorating
6:30p -- 7:00p        MASS
7:15p – 9:00p        Choir Practice

March 28    Holy Thursday
8:30a –12:00p    Thursday Crew
9:00a --         Holy Thursday Church Preparation
5:30p        Potluck Dinner
7:00p – 8:00p    Mass of the Lord's Supper
10:00p –10:30    Tenebrae
10:30 – 12:00a    Eucharistic Adoration

March 29    Good Friday
9:00a --         Good Friday Church Preparation
1:30p – 2:00p    Divine Mercy Novena
3:00p – 4:00p    Lord's Passion and Eucharistic Service
8:00p – 9:00p    Living Stations of the Cross

March 30      Holy Saturday
8:30a -- 9:00a        Morning Prayer & Rosary
9:00a --        Easter Decorating (indoors)
3:00p – 3:30p    Divine Mercy Novena
8:30p -10:00p        Easter Vigil MASS
10:00 -11:30p    Vigil Reception

March 31    Easter Sunday
7:00a – 8:00a        MASS
9:00a – 10:00    MASS
11:30--12:30p        MASS
1:20p – 1:50p    Divine Mercy Novena
7:00p – 9:00p        Charismatic Prayer Group
Note: No 5:30 PM Mass

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